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Albemarle High School student wins Virginia Lottery art contest

An Albemarle High School senior’s artistic expression of gratitude will be used to thank thousands of Virginia teachers next month.

Helen Hou was selected as the high school winner of the seventh annual Virginia Lottery Thank a Teacher Art Contest. Her entry, one of almost 400, is one of three artworks that will appear on thank-you cards that will be distributed to teachers across Virginia during National Teacher Appreciation Week, which is set for May 6 to 10.

Helen received a $200 gift card, and the art department at AHS got a $2,000 credit from the Supply Room.

Albemarle County received more than $4.5 million in lottery funds for kindergarten through 12th-grade education, according to a lottery news statement.

The winning entries were selected by judges Peggy Wood, executive secretary of the Virginia Art Education Association; Gina Patterson, executive director of the Virginia School Board Assocation; and Wade Whitehead, a Roanoke teacher, 2011 Lottery Super Teacher and executive director of the Teachers of Promise Institute.

The winner in the elementary school category was Sadie Clark, a fifth-grader at Mountain View Elementary School in Roanoke County Public Schools. Maria Rose Sajan, a seventh-grader at Grafton Middle School in York County, won the middle-school prize. Each student also was awarded a $200 gift card and a $2,000 credit from the Supply Room for her school.

More than 300,000 thank-you notes have been sent over the years, and more than a dozen teachers have received prizes.


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